Woo’s ‘Tigers’ set for Imax

Mega-screen exhib to digitally re-master pic

Helmer John Woo’s upcoming pic “Flying Tigers” is set to get the Imax treatment.

The mega-screen exhib announced plans Monday to digitally re-master “Tigers,” from producer Terence Chang and China Film Group. Pic marks the second Chinese film to screen in Imax after Huayi Bros.’ July release “Aftershock,” which debuted with more than $640,000 on 12 Imax screens for a massive per-screen average of $53,000.

Woo will head to Hollywood for casting next month. Lensing is expected to begin spring 2011.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to explore shooting with Imax cameras, and the strong visual element of this film is incredibly well-suited to the tastes of cinemagoers today,” Woo said. “I think it would be another breakthrough for Chinese movies.”

“Tigers” tells the story of the American Volunteer Group and the later monikered Fourteenth Air Force, which consisted of American and Chinese pilots fighting the Japanese during World War II.

Woo and Chang have teamed on “Mission Impossible II,” “Face/Off,” and the “Red Cliff” epic. The director’s “Reign of Assassins,” with co-helmer Su Chao-pin, will unspool at the Venice Film Festival, where Woo is set to receive the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement.

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